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  • SCHOOL STARTS TODAY

    Students return to school for the 2016-17 school year today – Wednesday.

    “We’ll see buses on the roads again Wednesday, so we’d like for everybody to be safe and be cautious,” new Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    In past years, some Roane County schools have faced the possibility of delayed starts due to construction, but Watkins said she expects all schools to be open today for the start of the new year.

  • Ex-mayor said to be target of Pierce threats

    A former Rockwood public works director already under indictment for official misconduct was jailed late last week for allegedly making threats against a former mayor.

    Rockwood police found a number of guns in Tom Pierce’s vehicle when they stopped him on Gateway Avenue Friday afternoon.

    “A tip was emailed to the Roane County Sheriff Department’s tip hotline,” said Rockwood Police Department Deputy Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • Harriman man’s capture leads to mower recovery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office made one Dayton business happy on Monday.

    The cheerfulness stemmed from the return of four zero-turn lawn mowers.

    “We’re very happy to get them back,” said John Newkirk, an employee with Dayton Power Sports. “Great job by all the police involved.”

    Newkirk said the four mowers have a combined value of $20,000.

    They were recently stolen from Dayton Power Sports in Rhea County.

  • Dinner to raise awareness of marrow donor process

    R.E. Nail has a reputation for helping others, so it is no surprise that he has taken his own serious illness as an opportunity to “pay it forward.”

    Diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer, Nail is fortunate in that his sister, Cheri Patton is a match for the bone marrow transplant he needs.

    But he is mindful of the many who don’t have that option. That’s why he and his family are hosting a Dinner and Bone Marrow Drive this Saturday, Aug. 13, at their church, New Midway Baptist Church.

  • ‘Changing market dynamic’ closes RaceWay

    From staff reports

    As most Kingston residents have probably noticed, the RaceWay on North Kentucky Street has closed.

    Karissa Bursch, manager of communications for its parent company, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., confirmed the gas station had closed late last month.

    She cited termination of the property’s lease, along with “a changing market dynamic and traffic patterns” as reasons behind the closure.

  • Banquet proceeds to go toward Carmichael Park

    Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will have its third annual banquet and fundraiser this weekend.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in Oak Ridge DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

    Proceeds from the banquet will go toward completion of Phase 2 of Carmichael Park, which is on the site of the historical black school on Fritts Road in Oliver Springs.

    An auction, dinner and entertainment are planned.

    Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10.

    Contact Faye Curd at faye.curd@yahoo.com to purchase tickets.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Hartup’s a study in determination

    The Roane County general election is over, and the people have spoken.

    About 8,000 votes were cast out of a potential of 33,808 registered voters. That’s about 25 percent — which is still too low, if you ask me.

    I’ve said many times that most of the problems in our country could be fixed if we could get 80 percent of the registered or possible voters to actually make that trip to the poll.

  • Oliver Springs shows appreciation to police

    Oliver Springs police officers were given extra special attention Tuesday.

    Officials and locals hosted a Police Appreciation Evening at city hall, where the officers were treated to a meal and words of thanks from those attending.

    The Oliver Springs Police Department is helmed by Chief Kenneth Morgan, and has 10 officers, four full-time dispatchers, and one part-time dispatcher.

  • HOMETOWN HERO

    Family, friends and former students lined the curb in front of Harriman’s Dollar General Market on Thursday afternoon to welcome home Senior Master Sgt. Chad Goldston from an eight month tour of duty in the Middle East.

    At least 80 people holding banners, hand-lettered signs and American flags waited in the hot sun along Hwy. 27 to greet Goldston, who teaches history at Harriman Middle School.

    “God is great is all I can say,” said his wife, Billie.

    “We have to keep praying for the ones still over there,” she added.

  • Rockwood recipient of state energy grant

    The city of Rockwood is the recipient of a $14,274 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant.

    “It is becoming increasingly difficult for county budgets to keep up with utility costs,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “With taxpayers funding the cost, it is very important that we utilize energy efficient methods to control them.

    “I congratulate our local officials who worked hard to secure these funds.”